£6million of grass-roots funding for equestrianism

  • Equestrianism has secured an award of £6million to invest at grass-roots level.

    The award, which is for the 2013-17 period, is an increase of 46%.

    The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is responsible for channelling the money into the sport and harnessing the enthusiasm generated by London 2012.

    Chief executive Andrew Finding said he was “determined to make the legacy thrive”.

    He added: “We want to see more people riding in the countryside and in urban areas, clubs and colleges.”

    Particular attention will be paid to young people aged 14-25, those with a “prodigious talent” and those with disabilities.

    Mr Finding said the money would be used to “crank up” current initiatives — such as taking a mechanical horse to venues around the country.

    “We are seeking to demystify riding and attract people to the sport through our Hoof website [where people can find out about lessons] and the Take Back the Reins initiative,” he said.

    There are also plans to offer Riding for the Disabled lessons at new venues and to set up a “dating agency” connecting people who would like to share a horse with owners needing a sharer.

    How should the BEF invest the legacy money? Let us know at hhletters@ipcmedia.com

    This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (28 December 2012)

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